Sun and sights top Brits' wishlists

29 January 2013 09:25

Almost two-thirds of British travellers say sightseeing helps make a happy holiday

Almost two-thirds of British travellers say sightseeing helps make a happy holiday

When it comes to helping Brits enjoy their holiday giving them sun, sightseeing and trouble-free travel will help the most, a survey has revealed.

Almost two-thirds (64%) of those polled by ebookers.com said hassle-free travel was an important ingredient for a happy holiday, emphasising the importance of good travel insurance being available. Two-thirds said having interesting sights to see was vital with three-fifths citing sunshine as a crucial factor. Meanwhile, beach holidays were said to be the favourite type of getaway for two-fifths of those polled.

The survey also found just 2% of women let their husbands or boyfriends decide where they are going to go on holiday. Booking a holiday, the survey found, is most commonly triggered by January's cold, dark mornings, depressing news and wet weather. Relationship psychologist Jo Hemmings said: "January is always a lull month after the excitement of Christmas. People are already thinking about happier times and holidays are a big part of this. With time off allowing people to relax, it is interesting that sightseeing is what makes people happiest whilst away."